Union Action

The PNWRCC works to improve the lives of its members through resources, training, brotherhood, sisterhood and strength. We work together to support the middle class through improving our skills, voting on business at Local Union meetings, organizing on the job site, campaigning for elections, and volunteering in our communities.

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Membership Meetings

Local membership meetings are the backbone of our Union, and most everything starts there. These meetings are full of information about the goings on throughout the Regional Council and the geographic jurisdiction of the Local Union. The general meetings for each Local happen monthly, on the same day of each month. Business is conducted at these meetings, including contract discussions, votes on leadership and delegates, political endorsements, political activities, and much more regarding the general running of the Union. Every member gets a vote on these motions.

Regional Council meetings are where Delegates from throughout the Council get together and conduct business that shapes the overall running of our six-state Regional Council. Delegates to the Regional Council bring with them direction or consensus from their Local Union, which is why it is important to attend your Local Union meetings and have a voice in shaping Regional Council Policy. Both on a Regional Council level and a Local Union level there are multiple committees that meet on a regular basis. Most Local Unions have a political committee that meet monthly.

Career Track & Training

Being a carpenter is not just your job, it’s your career. The PNWRCC has training and leadership positions for Carpenters looking to build their skills and meet the coming demands of a changing building industry. New members can begin their training through apprenticeship program putting them on the job to put classroom skills to work. Journeymen members can continue their education with continued skills training and by taking on leadership with a Local committee, as a job site Steward, as a Delegate or Field Rep for the Regional Council or mentor for new and old members. Find out more at Career Building in Member Resources.

Get Involved

In order to maintain Area Standards and improve conditions for all workers, Carpenters are actively engaged as elected officials, board and commission members, church and civic organization leaders and industry experts in their communities. We educate and inform elected officials, media and opinion-makers on the benefits of Union Carpenters and the importance of family wage jobs. We attend legislative meetings, pursue sound public policy, endorse political candidates and vote in civic and union elections. Members are involved with the political process through their political committees and engage their communities with civic action.

POLITICAL ACTION

The union pursues “Carpenter Politics,” an inclusive and nonpartisan effort to support candidates who champion the goals of working people, promote needed infrastructure investments, and support fair trade. Most of the union’s political activity takes place in its local unions and regional councils. Their political committees interview candidates seeking support, promote political involvement and voting among the membership, and assist in campaigns. The Brotherhood’s brand of participatory politics doesn’t get shelved with the yard signs after Election Day. Members are encouraged to attend government meetings and public hearings where issues affecting them are discussed and to reach out directly to the officials they helped elect.

CARPENTER POLITICS – Know the Issues

Payroll Fraud is the top policy priority for the UBC across the country. Payroll Fraud is the theft of wages and protections as employees and threatens law abiding contractors. The PNWRCC has helped to expose the economic and industry ills of the fraudulent “Underground Economy” that’s robbing workers and society. The price of inaction is our jobs and millions of dollars in lost revenues every year – in every state. Payroll Fraud undercuts America’s middle class and our government’s ability to reinvest in our infrastructure and education and create jobs. Each UBC Member needs to engage in this issue and communicate with their local, state and national elected representatives that governing agencies must enforce laws and policies to end Payroll Fraud.

Apprenticeship Utilization is a priority for training Carpenters for the future. Replacing the retiring skilled members is vital to our survival. To fill the skills gap involves the enforcement of apprenticeship utilization requirements on public projects. Apprenticeship utilization laws should be enforced and project hours reported. The immediate returns on investments are collected construction tax revenues, efficient and transparent use of tax payer dollars and individuals with living wage careers.

Community Benefits Agreements is also a way to address the skills gap of an aging workforce and to diversify our industry’s emerging professional workforce. CBA seek to return public investment on projects by promoting employment of local citizens and use of area employers. They can be tailored to the community and the project. Hiring Veterans or supporting area pre-apprenticeship articulation agreements are an example. Local ordinances are incorporating CBA and considered an appropriate budgetary language for certain projects.

Prevailing Wage is the law on federal and state construction projects for all pubic work. Agencies awarding public works contracts include state agencies, counties, municipalities and all political subdivisions of the state, including schools, universities and ports. Prevailing Wages are established by each county based on wage surveys submitted by scope of work. Those wage determinations are enforceable by law. Prevailing Wage laws are an attempt to benefit local tax payers, contractors and workforce. However, unscrupulous contractors avoid payment of the correct prevailed construction rates and should be prosecuted and denied access to public works.

Within the PNWRCC we have states that either suffer under “Right to Work” laws or continually fight its expansion. There are business interests at work to weaken unions and remove our rights to collectively bargain for our wages and working conditions. The threat is real and ever present across the nation. Combating the expansion of Right to Work, and returning our Members rights in states that have adopted those laws is a priority for the UBC. Don’t be fooled, there is nothing for our Members to gain under these laws.

Every day our elected officials face legislation that can be detrimental to Carpenters, or that can greatly improve our livelihood. It is important that those that represent us at all levels of government (federal, state, county or city) support workers. Regardless of party lines, we need to support those that will support us and our issues. You can support these officials by voting.

Registered to Vote? Each state has a specific process and application to fill out to be a registered to vote.

Register to Vote in your state: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming

Political Committees at both the Local, Regional and International level endorse political candidates that fight for us. Political Candidate Endorsement process requires submission of the Political Candidate Questionnaire and the evaluation by the political committees. Candidates and Carpenters can view the questionnaire here.

Carpenters in Action (CIA)

By building a cross-trade network of UBC members all working shoulder to shoulder, we will gain market share, advocate for Carpenter issues, and defend against attacks on our Union. CIA is a growing group of Carpenters committed to their communities, job sites and brothers and sisters. Together we can defeat anti-union/anti-worker political agendas backed by big money at all levels of government, grow our share of the construction market and fortify our future for generations to come. When we fight as one, the fight is won!

CIA meetings and activities focus on leadership training, legislative action, Area Standards activity at job sites, organizing for new membership, community events and philanthropic giving and building the Union movement through internal organizing.

Did You Know?

Apprenticeships help business.

Apprentices are great for business: helps recruit and develop a highly skilled work force; improves productivity and the bottom line; provides opportunities for tax credits and employee tuition benefits in some states; reduces turnover costs and increases employee retention; and creates industry-driven, flexible training solutions for local and national needs. Learn More

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